Rescue IPA | Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Rescue IPARescue IPA
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Rescue IPARescue IPA

Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of psujesus
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on tap at the brewpub on 11/18/09

at the time of consumption this was the best IPA ive had, i think i finally warmed up to IPAs, a copper-orange color from the tap, nice and hoppy with hints of citrus, i enjoyed the carbonation level in it(a little over-carbonated)

i cant really drink more than one IPA in a sitting but definitely worth another buy, went great with the chili

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange/ruby red with a thick white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and sweet malt. Overall it was decent, but I found it to be a little watery though.

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Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw the name of this beer and the cool little hop super hero and had to buy it (my bottle looks different than the posted picture).

Poured a dark reddish/brown with a huge head. Malty and hoppy aromas with traces of citris. Light malty taste with a big hoppy and bitter finish.

I had this on tap a while later and noted that it was not as strong or good as I originally rated a while ago.

Notes from 5/27/04

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a copper-orane with moderate visible carbonation and a 1 finger foamy white head.

S: a big fresh rich grapefruit aroma with a light grassiness.

T: For flavor there was grapefruit, fresh pine, a floral hoppiness along with a light muskiness. There was dry bread, dry oranges and sour citrus peel as well detected. The body had a nice warm toasted character to it.

M: rich and creamy, with a moderate carbonation that provided a nice big floral hop bite.

D: Drinkability was good, an slightly above average entry that delivers and does its job as an amercian ipa.

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Photo of AltBock
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz. stubby bottle that has a drawing of St. Bernard rescue dog standing in front of the Swiss Alps or the Poconos. All the other stuff on the label is just the usual US information. It's capped with a twist off cap that you still need to use a bottle opener to pop open.

When poured into a Boonville pint glass, this IPA is a clear reddish amber. It was close to being a just an amber color, but I noticed there was a small tint of red in there. The head of foam was thin, small, and from what I could see, white in color. This head of foam didn't stick around for very long and it only left behind a handful of white foamy rings.

The aroma was far too faint! The only aromas I got out of this beer was malted tea leaves, wet fur, and bitter floral hops. I guess that since there's a dog on the label, they wanted a small aroma to match that label.

The taste wasn't all that bad when compared to the aroma. The taste was slightly burned and hoppy with toasted malts, tea leaves, burnt caramel, a hint of burnt coffee beans, and then this aroma ended with some burnt herbal hops. Toward the end of the beer's life, a slight touch of grapefruit finally emerges. It's about time! What can I say about the taste? The taste just loved the burnt flavors!

The mouthfeel was on the light side with a slightly burnt aftertaste of of toasted malts, burnt coffee beans, and more burnt herbal hops.

In the mighy beer world of IPAs, this one would be on the far lower end. In wasn't all that bad, but I care to look on the bright side. It could have been worse by being watery, but it wasn't. If you can grab a single, it's worth a shot because it's affordable and it's an IPA.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber/orange color. A decent foam head, with no lacing.

S: Strong hop scent (citrus and pine) with a tad of caramel or chocolate hints. Seemed like an unusual combination. Again, maybe the smoke in the place was hurting my scent.

T: Mostly pine and citrus flavors, with some hints of malt.

M: I thought it was light or thin.

D: For those who enjoy IPA's, it is worth a try, I could have a few in one sitting.

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a thin off-white head that becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of some citrus and quite a bit of floral, somewhat piney notes and plenty of caramel.

The taste is of citrus and floral notes over caramel. Sweet for an IPA, though hoppy bitterness comes through as it progresses. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Hoppy enough to fit into style, but could also fit into a hoppy APA. Bitterish, dryish finish.

Medium-bodied, with some lingering flavor. It's a tad thin, but not enough to complain about. It is smooth.

This is a decent, easy-drinking IPA. Would have probably been better years ago, but outdone with all of the competition in the style. Just on IPA side of hoppy, though, as I said, could fit in with a hoppier APA today. Not bad- easy drinking with enough taste to make it worthwhile - and certainly worth trying if you want a more mild IPA.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy copper color, huge gushing white head.
S - sweet light caramel malt mixed with light citrus hops.
T - similar to the aroma but a touch on the sweet side, grainy and peppery spice show up mid glass.
M - light to medium bodied, very very carbonated.
D - nice to try. worked with a balsamic salad and indian curry chicken.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with monstrous off-white head. Attractive lacing noted.
Smell is hoppy, with large doses of grassy and piney hops present.
Taste is superb, with a strong hop character, but not overly bitter. The malt is very light, but still there, but since the hop does not cause an overly bitter taste, the balance is perfect.
Leaves a nice dry sensation in the mouth.
Realy an excellent beer at a great price.
I purchased a variety pack for under $23.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark copper hue with a two finger pillowy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light piney aroma with some grapefruit elements as well. There was a light husky grain as well.

The taste consisted of some upfront earthy citric and piney hop. There was a clean grainy malt as well. Lingering peppery hop.

The mouthfeel was on the thinner side but still satisfying. Clean and crisp.

Overall a pretty good AIPA. Simple and sessionable.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

Love the St. Bernard on the label. Copper in color with a bunch of particulates suspended in the liquid. Two inches of off-white head rise to the top of the glass and leaves chunky peaks of lacing as it retreats. A thin film remains until the end.

The aroma is of sweet malts and citrus with some brown sugar in the background.

The flavor isn't very exciting at all. Sweet, without the hop twang you find in IPAs. There is a dose of yeast in here that isn't normal...kind of turns me off.

Way too carbonated. Thinner medium body, but it's hard to get past the carbonation. I am glad I got to try it, but I won't be back.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: Barley Creek Brewing logo is ironically similar to John Barleycorn barleywine labels, with their woodblock style print. Label certainly speaks to a rural heritage. The beer pours into an Allagash fluted chalice. Color is a deep ruby red, quite beautiful. The head is also quite nice and froths creamy-white to a finger-thick height and lasts as a good continuous film and edging throughout the beer. Head resurrects itself with a simple swirl.

Aroma: All Amercian hop nose - Centennial according to their site. Big, fresh fresh nose with very little malt profile, but good some subtle esters.

Taste: Pretty well balanced all around. Light up front with some grainy qualities, goes to a middle not distinguished by much and finishes up with a nice crisp, fresh, piney hope bite and dry aftertaste.

Mouth: Very nice carbonation that tingles the front and cleans out the back palate. Light to medium bodied. Not much sweetness here, with a crisp dry finish.

Drink: Ok, not much new here. Close to style, but not exceptional. I wouldn't get this beer again, but if I had a six pack I'd probably eventually work my way through them.

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Photo of warriorsoul
1.93/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

*Discovered this is the old "Super Hop" I have had in the past (see below)...not so fortunate this time around.

Many thanks to the generous BeerBeing for this one of a handful from Barley Creek.
Clear copper in color with a huge 3 fingers of khaki-colored head...most goes nowhere forever, just some slight divots forming.
Over carbonation in the nose with a dose of caramel malt and faint citrus hops.
Taste is less than impressive...mildly hoppy, but not fruity...less floral with decent malt to balance it out...the carbonation distracts anything positive I could say about this brew. Off flavors remain on the pallet, making it difficult to endure even one pint of this IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and we already covered the carbonation.
One and done for me on this...hope the others are in better shape.
Still glad to have tried a new beer...just not thrilled to finish it.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, explodes out of the bottle, mountainous foam, light off-white head and lacing all over the place. Carbonation problem here. Aroma hops hops hops. And hops. Though hard to distinguish through the carbonation, the body is pretty good, but just distracting carbonation, curious if something is a little off there, cause its a decent beer otherwise. Taste being all hops also, citrus and pine, though almost more sour than bitter, with a quick ending, it seems like there was just a boat-load of hops dumped in, with the effect being rather a one-sided beer.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a very decent IPA- it looked great with a reddish brown tint and a very aromatic aroma from the generous hops. If you like the stronger hop variation IPA's this one is for you, very cirtusy and bitter with a slight malt character, which quickly fades. Very refreshing, but if drinking in a session, your tastebuds will take a while to recover. One of this brewery's best offerings.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the Rescue IPA glass (hey, the glass for the beer) hazy and lightly chunky with partculates and a deep amber golden with an off-white frothy head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and grassy through the dense head. After the head retreated a bit the aroma became more pronouced grassy and lightly citrusy, both aromas attributed to hops. A light caramel was detectable behind the hops as well.

The flavor was grassy, earthy and lightly citrusy with a strong bittering component and a fairly strong hop flavor. Some caramel malt was noticeable, but the balance was 100% toward bittering and the malt did not makeup the gap.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrusy and grassy bittering and flavor long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly creamy mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. A pretty good beer, more balance with additional malt would really make this one shine.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would've given the Appearance a 4, but it seems every Barley Creek beer comes complete with floating sediment, and the Rescue IPA is no exception. Otherwise it's a beautiful orange sunburst color with an off-white and super-fluffy head that retains well.

Robust citrus in the nose, fresh-smelling and well-rounded.

Here's where I get worried. I've had three others in Barley Creek's line (the golden and brown ales, and the black lager) and all of them had a sour, tainted leaning. But you think a brewery who leans on the sour side would score with the IPA. Well, they're no Smuttynose, Victory, Stone or Dogfish Head by the taste of things. This IPA has the requisite grapefruit smack, thanks to the generous usage of hops, but the malt character is drowned out by the citrus. And the finish is a little too tart. This is good, no doubt, but it needs bigger and better balance.

Mouthfeel is all about tingle and activity, and makes the beer hang in the mouth just fine.

This is the best of the four Barley Creek beers I've had so far (easily). But it still needs work. No Hop Devil or 90 Minute, it's just simply a good IPA. The IPA competition is fierce, so hopefully future batches will astound rather than be simply adequate.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark amber with a slightly smoky cherry. Of course, this color is determined from staring into a white plastic Summerfest cup, so I could be wrong. Getting in the way of my observation was a (cursedly) sustained film of manila head.

Smells very green and leafy, like the forest after the rain. “Organic“, one might say. There’s also a bit of candy sugar and green grapes in the background along with a smooth and light grapefruit.

Tastes of a solid base of red grapes and brown sugar with a load of sweet red grapefruit piled on that wrestles out a cedar like hop bitterness that makes a lot of sense when paired with the organic greens from the smell.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a tingly carbonation.

This one was my first beer from Barley Creek and I was impressed to say the very least. This beer is well constructed and more importantly, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost as good in the bottle as it was on tap. (see below -->) The nose did not seem to be quite as large with the super huge cascade hop kick, in the bottle as it was on tap. The taste however carried over very well. It has a big grapefruit flavor with an orange rind aftertaste. And a nice light toasted malt sweetness through the body. This beer is different in the bottle but still very good, and I would recommend that if you are at barley creek drink the brown on tap but if you are going to take home bottles, this one bottles more successfully IMHO.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.16/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature. Lasering on the bottle reads A2 1205.

Appearance- Nice looking hazy orange beer with substantial activity... I need to slow down the pour to prevent an overflow. The head settles to a well formed 1/2 inch hat. Firm and sturdy. No significant lacing.

Smell- Wow... what an interesting combination of hops, chocolate, and metal. No question, this is intriguing. If pine needles were to be dipped in Belgian chocolate, then scented with Noxon metal cleaner and offered as a drink, you might have created this.

Taste- Hmmm.... this surprised the shit out of me as well. Best described as "cold, rusty metal", I'm not sure how to proceed... it's kind of like licking chocolate from the kickstand of a bicycle in a freezing cold garage. Burps echo a metallic character, which makes me unhappy. As the beer opens and breathes further, the metal overwhelms and takes center stage, resulting in a most disappointing experience.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Not bad in the mouth, it's actually quite nice. It's just that when I swallow and contemplate the gustatory experience, my brain twinges. I will try this again sometime, to make sure the bottle wasn't tainted.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a gift from a neighbor who said it was way too hoppy for him. It is a very out of balance and hoppy beer, but after having enjoyed an Alpha King or two earlier this evening I thought it was not too extreme. Poured out nice clear copper with a decent head that lasted for a few moments and left some decent lacing. citrus and pine very strong in the aroma. Taste is likewise citrus and some pine, some medicinal notes and some pale malt in the background. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but not watery making this a decent and drinkable brew from this little brewery out in the Poconos. I would buy this brew myself.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Single bottle purchased at Dunderbaks cafe' in the LV mall. Dull, murky brown with faint amber highlights (the bottle does say IPA, right?) Frothy, 2 finger wheat colored head is attractive for about 30 seconds, before bubbling down to a ring of sudsy bubbles.

Aroma is dirty malts, like caramel covered in top-soil, strong, bitter, green hops with traces of citrus (or is it Lemon Pledge?)

Flavor mildly improves on the nose. Meager malt notes of stale bread and light molasses pave the way for very bitter, but otherwise flavorless hops. A notion of orange or lemon zest borders on a chemical cleaner note.

Body is just above light, with very big bubbles of carbonation lending to a expansive, uncomfortable mouthfeel and slick, somewhat gritty texture. I barely finished half the bottle (which was like $3.50 or more (gotta love Mall beer-store prices, NOT).

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Photo of stirgy
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly hazy. Deep amber orange with burgundy highlights. Not what I assume a ‘normal’ IPA would like. This is very dark for an IPA. Looks like a deep amber ale or a red ale. Small but creamy sandy colored head. The aroma is just a tad cloying with floral malts and a slight citrus presence – actually it is very nice. There’s a underlying earthy hop mustiness. I like it.

The taste is … whoa! It’s bitter alright. I was unprepared for the bitter almond cyanide smile I got after the first sip. There is a strong floral presence in the flavor – it gives the taster a bitterness that overpowers any kind of malt body. In other words, this has the bitterness of a DIPA, with the maltiness of a pale ale. It seems unbalanced. But hey, it works for me! What else matters? This is an interesting beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Barley Creek- Rescue IPA

"Explore the range!"

purchased a 12oz bottle from Circle Liquors Pennington, NJ.($1.75)

Appearance- reddish cola brown with too much carbonation going on. Decent fizzy head.
Smell- roasted hops and cherries.
Taste- this is an IPA?! More like a stout to me. Roasted/ burnt tasting hops with a slight tinge cherry. Mostly earthy flavors. Smoky, woodsy, & charcoal.

Overall- a mediocre beer that doesn't resemble a IPA. Bad ratings for not tasting the way it should although its not that bad.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color with a nice 1.5" head. The head slowly fell to some large surface bubbles, and some light spotty lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of caramel and bitterness. The caramel, bitterness, grapefruit, and light pepper spice just didn't do it for me. The hops seemed sharp and overpowered the malt level.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start, while the finish was crisp and quite dry. Drinkability is OK, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company
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